RAMS MOVE TO 6-0 WITH 4-3 WIN OVER APPALACHIAN STATE

VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #11 Meredith McNelis, #12 Melanie Marotta, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17, Meaghan Neylon,#22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee

APPALACHIAN STATE STARTERS: #99 Sarah Anderson, #3 Jessi Stuart, #6 Amber Boot, #12 Dana Wetmore, #13 Lesley Thomas, #14 Anna Copsey, #17 Emily Knapp, #22 Hanna French, #25 Caroline Phillips, #26 Megan High, #27 Casey Lammando

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Appalachian State came out firing, scoring just 3:54 into the game when Jessi Stuart found the back of the cage.
  • Senior Kelsey Scherrer nearly tied the game in the  23rd minute when she took a corner from Steph DeMasi and blasted a shot on target, but Mountaineer keeper Sarah Anderson turned her away.
  • The Mountaineers extended their lead in the 26th minute when Dana Wetmore took a pass from Emily Knapp and found the back of the cage to put VCU in a 2-0 hole.
  • Less than three minutes later, Scherrer got the Rams on the board with her fifth goal of the year.
  • Freshman sensation Kendall Farino would send the Black & Gold into the halftime tied up when she scored for the second time in three games to even it up at 2-2.
  • VCU came out aggressive in the second half with 12 shots in the first 15 minutes, but couldn't get anything past Anderson and the Mountaineer defense.
  • Senior Meaghan Neylon changed that when she gathered a rebound off a shot from Scherrer and slid the ball past Anderson to give the Rams a 3-2 advantage.
  • Just over three minutes later, classmate Melanie Marotta tallied her first goal of the year and it was a big one, giving the Black & Gold a 4-2 lead.
  • Marotta's goal would prove crucial when App. State's Caroline Phillips made it a one-goal game in the 64th minute.
  • VCU's midfield and backline secured the win, not allowing a shot in the last six minutes to secure the Rams' sixth straight victory.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The win secures the first 6-0 start in program history.
  • VCU is one of just five schools in the country still undefeated. Syracuse, Princeton, Connecticut and Northeastern are the others.
  • DeMasi and Scherrer both find themselves climbing the career assists chart. Scherrer now sits tied for seventh with 18, while DeMasi sits just one back in eighth with 17. 
  • Scherrer has now scored in five of VCU's first six games this year, extending her program record for goals to 42.

QUOTABLES:

Head Coach Shannon Karl

  • "Credit to App. State for coming out of the gates strong and aggressive. We showed enough resilience to get out of the hole we dug for ourselves early in the first half and fortunately were able to fight back to claim the win."
  • "As a team, we are not overly pleased with our performance today and have already started focusing on a tough upcoming weekend on the road."

Senior Meaghan Neylon

  • "Today we were able to show some fight and overcome some challenges. On my goal, I was anticipating Kelsey putting the ball on goal like she usually does, I was just fortunate to be able to pick up the scraps and give us the lead."
  • "In order to reach the goals we set for ourselves, we have to hit the practice field hard this week and really come out ready to work for a full 70 minutes next weekend."

Senior Melanie Marotta

  • "We definitely did not put together our best 70 minutes of hockey by any means. However, we did a good job of coming together after the timeout and putting two quick goals on the board and eventually being able to do just enough to earn the win."
  • "We really need to keep taking it one game at a time and  using this week to really work hard and prepare for two tough road games next weekend."

COMING UP

  • The Rams are back on the road this weekend, playing at Towson on Friday (6 p.m.) and at Drexel on Sunday (12 p.m.)
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